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  • Title: The Famous Victories of Henry V (Modern)
  • Editor: Mathew Martin
  • Performance editor: Peter Cockett

  • Copyright Queen's Men Editions. This text may be freely used for educational, non-profit purposes; for all other uses contact the Editor.
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    Editor: Mathew Martin
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    The Famous Victories of Henry V (Modern)

    1420[Scene 18] [Video Sc.18]
    Enter Derrick roaming. After him a Frenchman, and takes him [Derrick] prisoner.
    Derrick
    O good Mounser.
    Frenchman
    Come, come, you vigliacco.
    Derrick
    Oh, I will, sir, I will.
    1425Frenchman
    Come quickly, you peasant.
    Derrick
    I will, sir. What shall I give you?
    Frenchman
    Marry, thou shalt give me one, two, tre, four hundred crowns.
    Derrick
    Nay, sir, I will give you more. 1430I will give you as many crowns as will lie on your sword.
    Frenchman
    Wilt thou give me as many crowns as will lie on my sword?
    Derrick
    Ay, marry will I. Ay, but you must lay down your sword, or else they will not lie on your sword.
    1435Here the Frenchman lays down his sword, and the clown [Derrick] takes it up and hurls him down.
    Derrick
    Thou villain, darest thou look up?
    Frenchman
    O good Monsieur, comparteve. Monsieur, pardon me.
    1440Derrick
    O you villain, now you lie at my mercy, dost thou remember since thou lammst me in thy short ell? O villain, now I will strike off thy head.
    Here while he [Derrick] turns his back the Frenchman runs his ways.
    1445Derrick
    What, is he gone? Mass, I am glad of it, for if he had stayed I was afraid he would have stirred again, and then I should have been spilt. But I will away to kill more Frenchmen.
    [Exit Derrick.]